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Old 04 September 2004, 12:00   #11
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Well thats just what i have to do, Run the Boat light with each engine and then put the boats full load in which i think is about 800-1000kgs. Then prop the boat for each engine and see how it handles and all the usual stuff. Write a report and bobs your uncle!.
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Old 04 September 2004, 16:20   #12
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Just an observation, Turbodiesel, but your profile seems to show you owning what I presume is a Ribcraft 4.8m with a 115hp engine!!?? This RIB is rated for a 60hp More to the point, does this mean I can fit a 90hp to my 4m Searider?

By the way, does anybody else find this '+' sign on members' RIB length confusing? When you own a pocket RIB, 0.2m here or there can be very significant, you know And I notice mine has been relegated from a '4.0' to just '4' which looks even more sad and insignificant!
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Old 06 September 2004, 15:49   #13
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Well i dont actually own the Ribcraft its one of the many ribs we use for Engine trials at work. But it is my job to trial all the new engines and look after all the boats so i get to use them when i want!. The Ribcraft is a Brand new 5.85m which is why it has a 115 Four stroke on it!.
I dont know why it says 4+ but i guess it is a 4+ meter boat!.
The Ribcraft is the one im using at the minute though.
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Old 06 September 2004, 15:52   #14
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Its ok no need to panic i have changed the length to 5+!!
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Old 06 September 2004, 16:30   #15
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Turbo'......

..........I'm looking forward to your comments following your test. Graeme.
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Old 07 September 2004, 03:14   #16
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In all honesty I'd doubt if there would be any much in it.....say 5- 8 mph at the most and I'd be surprised if the Suzuki was the quicker.

However I am sure you won't have to go too far from your holiday home to find an embryonic Suzuki dealer. if you can hammer out a good price on the Suzuki the it's a no brainer ..........buy the Optimax!

Out of interest why the 135 instead of the 150 opti is it to do with the transom.

One point to bear in mind however is after sales service.......how good is the dealers/distributors ability to get the parts to you. Barrus are crap at it (merc mariner yanmar mercruiser) I think their central spares location is in Belgium.

Suzuki is rapidly expanding it's dealer network It's worth finding out how effective the parts network is. I suspect it may suffer as the market share expands.

Go to a Mercury and Suzuki dealer and as how much and what availability for various bits of kit. Starters/alternators/plugs/injectors/ HT leads/gear box seals etc, and my particular favourite a compressor for a 225 Optimax.

me me whats your phone number I'll give you a call!
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Old 07 September 2004, 04:13   #17
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Hi Rogue, there's no way......

..I'm posting my tel No on here - no way "hose a"

Anyway, thanks for your comments. The reason I asked the question in the first place was to determine simply, which one was th quickest as I have two identical boats to choose from, one has the 135 opti whilst the other has the Suzuki 140. Personally, I like the look of the Suzi so I'm drawn to that, however, if everyone had slated it, I may have gone with the Mariner.

As it happens it looks like I've missed out on the Opti option so the 140 it is.

Thanks to all for their comments, they're much appreciated and as always informative even though you guys have the same problem as me. You can't read instrunctions...... i.e "simple, A or B" and if even if you do, again like me you all run off at the mouth - god I luv ya

There's a joke here somewhere....

"How many Ribnet Forum Members does it take to change a lightbulb.........."
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